Archibald Clavering Gunter

Archibald Clavering Gunter (25 October 1847 – 24 February 1907) is primarily known today for authoring the novel that the film A Florida Enchantment was based upon, and for his hand in popularizing "Casey at the Bat". He clipped the original publication of the poem from the San Francisco Examiner and passed it on to DeWolf Hopper, whose performances brought it fame. Gunter was a playwright and prolific self-published novelist, novels that were translated into other languages and adapted several times into films. His Home Publishing Company also published Gunter's Magazine (1905–1907), featuring short fiction or serialized novels by himself and others. He also published others' novels, including ones by Richard Henry Savage and Gilbert Parker.

Archibald Clavering Gunter
Born(1847-10-25)October 25, 1847
DiedFebruary 24, 1907(1907-02-24) (aged 59)
Occupationnovelist, playwright, publisher
Notable worksMr. Barnes of New York


Selected works

  • 1872 – Found the True Vein, a play dealing with life in a mining camp
  • 1880 – Two Nights in Rome, a play
  • 1881 – Fresh, the American, a comedy about a Yankee who rescues an Egyptian harem girl
  • 1886 – Prince Karl, written as serious drama, actor Richard Mansfield recast it as a farce
  • 1887 – Mr. Barnes of New York, a book about an adventurer, allegedly sold three million copies, though certainly was quite popular even if sales claims were inflated. Adapted to film in 1914 and again in 1922.
  • 1888 – Mr. Potter of Texas
  • 1889 – That Frenchman
  • 1890 – Miss Nobody of Nowhere
  • 1890 – Small Boys in Big Boots
  • 1892 – My Official Wife, play adaptation of novel by Richard Henry Savage
  • 1892 – Miss Dividends
  • 1893 – Baron Montez of Panama and Paris
  • 1893 – A Florida Enchantment
  • 1894 – A Princess in Paris
  • 1894 – The Kings Stockbrother
  • 1895 – The First of the English
  • 1897 – Susan Turnbull; or, The Power of Woman, a novel set at Dr. Andrew Turnbull's New Smyrna settlement


    • Burt, Daniel S. (2009) The chronology of American literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times, pp. 244, 260, 269, 271. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0-618-16821-4


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